UNESCO plays a major role in the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE). As a follow-up to the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the World Programme on 10 December 2004, in order to advance the implementation of human rights education programmes in all sectors (Resolution 59/113A).
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The World Programme provides a collective framework for action based on human rights education principles agreed upon by the international community.
UNESCO was assigned a key role in the development, implementation and evaluation of the projects foreseen during the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995–2004). UNESCO provided training, information, fellowships and advisory services programmes to Member States; developed model human rights curricula, pedagogical techniques and teaching materials for primary and secondary schools; and carried out translation, publication and distribution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The first phase of the WPHRE (2005-2009) focuses on primary and secondary schools. It aims at promoting a holistic, rights-based approach that includes both “human rights through education” ensuring that all the contents and processes of education support the learning of human rights, and “human rights in education”, ensuring that the human rights of all members of the school community are respected.
UNESCO is an active member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on Human Rights Education in the School System (UNIACC) along with OHCHR (lead agency), UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNRWA and the World Bank in order to coordinate international activities under the Plan of Action, as well as to ensure UN system-wide support to national implementation strategies.Back to top